eston, S. C., Dec. 13th, 1864. To his Excellency President Jefferson Davis, Richmond, Va.:
Sir,—I arrived here, on my way to Savannah, on the evening of the 7th, and remained until the following afternoon, to obtain information relative to the present condition of this Department.
The Second and Third Subdistricts, embracing Charleston and its defences, were reported to me short of provisions and ammunition for a siege.
I arrived at Pocotaligo during the night of the 8th, and after spending several hours in conference with General Jones as to the state of affairs in that vicinity, I proceeded to Savannah, arriving there on the morning of the 9th.
General Jones informed me that, after collecting all that could be safely spared from the other points in the District of South Carolina, his forces consisted of about five thousand five hundred effectives of all arms, of which about three thousand were militia and reserves.
Immediately upon my arrival at Savan